martedì 15 maggio 2012

I Luv Dolls - Mass Blogger Interview

NIKKI: Ciao gente!! Come state? E' Nikki qui!! Oggi voglio parlarvi di una fantastica intervista!! Questa intervista è stata organizzata dall'altrettanto fantastica Ms. Leo :) Questa intervista inizialmente era per una coppia di collezionisti di bambole da lei conosciuti, ma Ms. Leo ha voluto dare a tutti quanti i suoi lettori l'opportunità di diventare loro stessi i protagonisti dell'intervista!!! Se volete partecipare anche voi, andate nel blog di Ms. leo, copy/paste le domande e via col divertimento!! Per noi risponderà alle domande di Ms. Leo, Sergio, uno dei due umani che curano per noi questo blog. A te la palla Sergio!!

Grazie Nikki! Sono molto emozionato, non ho mai fatto un'intervista!!! Eccomi qua:

When did you start collecting dolls?

Ho cominciato a collezionare bambole quando frequentavo l'università. Le bambole su di me hanno sempre esercitato un certo fascino, casa mia era piena di bambole, avendo due sorelle più grandi, ma non ho mai potuto giocare o avere una bambola mia, perchè "i maschietti non giocano con le bambole! ". Durante il mio periodo universitario, il vivere da solo e avere un fornitissimo negozio di giocattoli vicino a dove si trovava il mio appartamento, mi hanno dato la spinta a collezionare bambole. Ho cominciato con questa Barbie:

 I've started collecting dolls when I attended college. The dolls for me have always held a certain fascination, my house was full of dolls, having two older sisters, but I've never been able to play or I have a doll, because "boys do not play with dolls!! " . During my time at university, living alone and having a well-stocked toy store near my apartment where I was, gave me the impetus to collect dolls. I've started with this Barbie:

Poi è venuto il resto.

Then came the rest



What was your first purchase as a collector?

Il mio primo acquisto da collezionista serio, è stato un Alan vintage del 1969, vinto ad un'asta su Ebay

 My first purchase as a serious collector, is been a vintage Alan  from 1969, won on an auction on Ebay


Non è carinissimo? Ho provato un'emozione grandissima quando è arrivato e l'ho tirato fuori dal pacchetto postale!!!

Isn't he cute? I felt great emotion when he arrived and I pulled out him from the  postal package!

How many dolls do you own?

Che domandona!! Uhmm... non saprei dirlo con precisione numerica. Diciamo che, nella mia collezione di bambole, ho un numero maggiore di Barbie, poi ci sono le Bratz, le Moxie Girls, le Monster High, tutta una serie di fashion dolls che vengono vendute solo in Europa, come ad esempio le bambole Tanya

What a big question! Hmm ... I can not say this with numerical precision. I can say that in my collection of dolls, I have a greater number of Barbie, then there are the Bratz, the Moxie Girls, the Monster High, a series of fashion dolls that are sold only in Europe, such as  Tanya dolls

 E grazie a voi amici dolly blogger che me le avete fatte conoscere, ho comprato da Ebay una Liv Doll Daniela Twist&Dance!! La mia prima Liv Doll!! Spero di poterne acquistare altre in futuro perchè sono davvero belle.

And thank to you dolly blogger friends who have made ​​me know them, I bought from Ebay a Liv Doll Twist & Dance Daniela! My first Liv Doll! I hope to buy more in the future because they're really beautiful.

What is your favorite doll and why?

Non ho una bambola in particolare che amo più delle altre, dedico il mio tempo un pò a tutte, quello che adoro delle mie bambole è creare per loro look diversi mixando abiti e accessori!!!

 I don't have a doll in particular that I love more than others, I dedicate my time a little to all, that I love my dolls is to create different looks by mixing clothes and accessories!


What doll or dolls are not your favorites and why?

Le bambole che non amo tra quelle che possiedo, sono quelle delle Disney Princess e quelle delle Winx. Le Disney Princess non mi piacciono per il loro testone e per quella loro aria vagamente ebete che le contraddistingue. Queste sono invece le bambole delle Winx

 The dolls that I don't love among those who I have, are those of the Disney Princess and the Winx. Of the Disney Princess I don't like their stubborn and their vaguely idiotic air that distinguishes them. These are the Winx dolls:

Winx Club è una orrenda serie animata su sei sgualdrine che si trasformano in fate combattenti, prodotta in Italia e sfortunatamente distribuita in altri Paesi (poveri loro!). Le bambole ispirate alle serie animata sono pessime!! Hanno stupidi corpi flessibili con stupidi piedoni, testone e lo stesso face mold. Le ho solo comprate per i vestiti. Non vedo l'ora di vendere sia loro che le Disney Princess e di non averle più tra i piedi. Unica eccezione che ho fatto, tengo la testa di lei:

Winx Club is a horrible animated series of six tramps who turn into fighters fairiesproduced in Italy and unfortunately distributed in other Countries (poor them!). The dolls inspired by the animated series are very bad! They have stupid flexible bodies with stupid big feet, big head and faces with the same face mold. I only bought them for the clothes. I look forward to selling them as well as the Disney Princess and not having more them in my house. The only exception I've done, I hold her head:

I capelli hanno tre tonalità diverse di blu! Penso che le troverò un corpo nuovo e l'aiuterò ad uscire dalla pietosa condizione di winx in cui si trova

Hair has three different shades of blue! I think that I'll find her a new body and I'll help her to get out of the pitiful condition of winx in which she's located


What is the biggest challenge about collecting dolls?

La sfida più grande nel collezionare bambole è avere abbastanza spazio dove tenerle e per conservarle!!! Attualmente tengo le mie bambole in contenitori di plastica a chiusura ermetica, sopra l'armadio.

The biggest challenge in collecting dolls is having enough space to hold them and keep them! Actually I keep my dolls in airtight plastic containers, top of the wardrobe.

How do you display or store your dolls?

 Mi piacerebbe poter tenere esposte le mie bambole!! Il mio sogno più grande è quello di avere un mobile interamente in vetro e con scaffali all'interno, dove poter tenere e mostrare la mia collezione. Purtoppo non lo posso fare e le devo nascondere, le mie sorelle mi criticano per questa mia passione e mia madre non approva, nonostante abbia provato a spiegarle, è sempre ferma nelle sue posizioni ("Sei una ragazza?")

I wish I could keep my dolls on display!! My biggest dream is to have a glass cabinet with shelves inside, where I can keep and show my collection. Unfortunately I can not do this and I have to hide my dolls, my sisters criticize me for my dolly passion and my mother doesn't approve, although I tried to explain, she is always stuck in her position ("Are you a girl?")

Have you ever been to a doll show?

 Sfortunatamente no :-(  Però mi piacerebbe tantissimo parteciparvi. Ho visto HeatherVanessa  postare le loro visite ai doll show nei loro blog e sembra divertente!!

Unfortunately not :-( But I would love to participate. I saw Heather and Vanessa to post their partecipations to the doll show in their blog and it looks fun!

When you travel, do you look for dolls?

Sempre! Mi piace poi più avanti guardare la bambola che ho comprato e collegarla al ricordo del posto dove l'ho presa.

Always! I like to look below the doll that I bought it and connect it to the memory of the place where I got it.

What is your latest purchase?

Il mio ultimo acquisto è una Barbie Pop Life Christie, che ho comprato dalla deliziosa Tabitha.

Stava nella mia doll list da tanto tempo! Non ho mai avuto una barbie come questa e l'adoro!!!

My last purchase is a Pop Life Christie Barbie, that I've bought from  the gorgeous Tabitha
She's been in my doll list for so many time!! I've never had a barbie like this and I adore her!!!




What doll is on your wish list now?

La mia wish list è luuunghissima!!! Ci sono un sacco di bambole che vorrei avere, ma quella che è al top nella mia lista e che vorrei più di tutte, praticamente il mio Santo Graal, è LUI:

My wish list is sooooooo long!!! There are a lot of dolls that I'd like to own, but the doll that is on the top of my list, my Holy Grail, is HIM:

La bambola di Damon Salvatore prodotta dalla Tonner che è praticamente introvabile!! Lo amo!! 

The Damon Salvatore doll produced from Tonner and that is unavailable!! I love him!!!

What do you wish you didn’t purchase?


Non c'è qualcosa che non vorrei comprare, amo fare dolly shopping

 There isn't something that I would not buy, I love to do dolly shopping

What is your favorite doll related item?

Sono un feticista delle spazzoline da bambola!! Mi arrabbio se nelle confezioni delle bambole non le trovo e sono felice quando ci sono! Se sono pure belle da vedere, ben vengano. Le mie preferite sono quelle delle Bratz e quelle delle Monster High ^-^

I am a fetishist of the little doll brushes! I get angry if in the packing of the dolls I don't find them and I am happy when there are! If they are also beautiful to see, they are welcome. My favorites are those of the Bratz and those of Monster High ^ - ^

How often do you photo your dolls and what doll is the most photographed
and/or photogenic?

Fotografo le mie bambole nel mio tempo libero. Purtroppo non ne ho sempre tanto di tempo libero, ma mi piace fotografare le mie bambole, sono delle modelle perfette! La bambola che ho più fotografato e che è la più fotogenica è la mia Fashionista Artsy Barbie Nikki. La sua tonalità di pelle si presta benissimo ad essere fotografata.

I photograph my dolls in my spare time. Unfortunately I have not always so much free time, but I like to photograph my dolls, they are perfect models! The doll that I have photographed more and that is the most photogenic is my Artsy Fashionista Barbie Nikki. Her skin tone lends itself well to being photographed.

Do you talk to other collectors in person or just on the web?

Finora ho solo parlato con altri collezionisti nel web e non ne ho mai incontrato uno italiano.....

So far I've only talked with other collectors on the web and I've never met an Italian collector.....

If you had the chance to speak to Mattel or other toy makers, what
would you say?

Alla Mattel direi di avere un maggiore rispetto e considerazione per i suoi consumatori e specialmente per quelli italiani. BarbieCollector.com non consegna al di fuori degli Stai Uniti, MattelShop.Com lo stesso ed è un vero peccato. Tutti dovremmo avere le stesse possibilità. E che dire della newsletter BarbieCollector.it che non viene mai aggiornata da nessuno? Un'altra cosa che non mi piace è che le Barbie che si trovano nei negozi italiani sono tutte bionde e caucasiche, quando io invece vorrei poter scegliere e comprare anche altro, non solo la solita barbie bionda. Alla Tonner e alla Integrity vorrei poi dire di diminuire i prezzi delle loro bambole e di produrre più fashion pack.

To Mattel I would say to have a greater respect and consideration for their consumers, and especially the Italian ones. BarbieCollector.com does not submit outside the U.S., MattelShop.Com the same and is a real shame. We should all have the same opportunities. And what about the newsletter BarbieCollector.it that is never updated by anyone? Another thing is that I don't like that the Barbies that are sold in Italian shops are all blonde and caucasianwhen I wish I could choose and buy something else, not just the usual blonde barbie. To Tonner and to Integrity I would say lower the prices of their doll and produce more fashion pack.


What doll do you wish would be reissued?

Le bambole che vorrei venissero re introdotte nel mercato sono queste tre

Star Trek dolls

Su Ebay non riesco a trovarle, sarebbe carino se venissero distribuite nei negozi italiani, dal momento che non posso comprarle da BarbieCollectors.com

I can not find them on Ebay, it would be nice if they were distributed in Italian stores, since I can not buy them from BarbieCollectors.com

What two dolls would you combine and how would you want them
combined? (Muff style question)

Combinerei una Liv Doll con una Barbie! Vorrei che avesse la testa della barbie e la possibilità di cambiare parrucca come le liv, gli occhi di vetro della liv, le braccia articolate metà barbie e metà liv, il busto della barbie e le gambe metà barbie e metà liv. Il massimo della perfezione per me!!

I would combine a Liv Doll with a Barbie! I wish it had the head of the barbie and the possibility of changing the wig as livs, livs' glass eyes, articulated arms, half of the barbie and half of the livs, barbie torso and legs half barbie and half liv. The peak of perfection for me!

30 commenti:

  1. Eee! What great answers, and it's interesting to hear about doll collecting from the male perspective!
    It's too bad your family gives you a hard time and you can't display them though :(

    I also never realized the Winx dolls were so awful, but I never paid very much attention to them when they were out.

    I really loved reading your answers!!!

    RispondiElimina
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    1. Thank you! Yes, it's really bad. I hope one day I can finally show my dolls openly and not hide them anymore and don't hide anymore not only my dolls.

      Elimina
  2. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your answers. It was great to read a male perspective and someone who lives outside of the country. I, too, feel bad that your family is not supportive of your hobby. Shouldn't life be about enjoying every day? My youngest stepson also loved dolls at a very young age. Unfortunately his father was not having it. I am glad that you had the courage to collect as an adult, in spite of your family. So funny that you like the brushes. I have thrown so many of them away. I do like the LIV brushes because they are smaller and work very well. I like your response to Mattel. I still wonder what the lack of diversity in other countries is about. Thanks for sharing your story. Glad to see you have a blog. I had no idea. I am now a follower.

    RispondiElimina
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    1. How kind! Thank you for your beautiful words and for becoming my follower :D Sadly I live in south Italy and some things are very difficult to make change, but hope is the last to die, so I don't give up and I go forward. Yes I like brushes! And now that I have a Liv, I'll follow your hint ;) Mattel here in recent years has made a bad trade policy, they don't understand that their customers aren't only children

      Elimina
  3. Aww Sergio you are such a sweetie! I can see Christie is enjoying her new home with you.

    Thank you for sharing your answers - I wasn't sure if I wanted to do this but I think I will answer the questions now :)

    RispondiElimina
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    1. You deserve it! I never met a friendly seller as you! Yes, I'm having a great time with Christie! She's such a cutie pie, I think that she'll be in one of my next stories :)

      Elimina
  4. Hi Sergio,

    I followed your comment on Vanessa's blog. Enjoyed your interview responses. Like Vanessa I marvel that you like the doll brushes. I find them to be a tremendous nuisance. I wonder how much postage to Italy is? Collectors here would shower you with their discards!

    RispondiElimina
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    1. Hi Limbe Dolls :D
      I enjoyed your responses and photos too!! Is cool to know about others collectors and fellow dolly bloggers! I find brushes useful and cute instead. Italian postage costs vary from so many different factors, there is a tariff for each type of shipment. Thank you for your comment ^-^

      Elimina
  5. Hi Sergio, nice to meet you. Nice interview. I saw your post on Ms Leo's blog. I am now a follower. Please feel free to check out my interview at www.pinkdiva63.blogspot.com.

    RispondiElimina
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    1. Hi Georgia Girl, nice to meet you too. I loved your interview, now I'm following you. Thank you for following

      Elimina
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    RispondiElimina
  7. Wow! I just loved your interview! I have heard the same thing that only blonde dolls are sold outside the US and I say why? There is as much diversity in the Europe ( if not more) as in the US. Oh, you got to love that Christie! I love mine! If you ever want some brushes, I can send you some.
    Thanks you for your post!
    XOXO
    Ms. Leo

    RispondiElimina
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    1. Ms. Leo!!!
      Thanks so much for this fun initiative from your blog! I had never participated in a thing like this, it was nice to be part of it and know so many other different bloggers and their stories!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
      Yes, unfortunately Mattel in Europe imports only a small proportion of its products, I don't know why, Europe has its own multi-culturalism, but it is not just for that. There are many European collectors who would love to find in stores playline such as SIS, asian barbies and many other ethnic barbies, without spending a fortune online. Maybe one day things will change, who knows? I adore Christie!! She's so poseable and is so expressive!! I'm really happy of her!! Brushes are always wellcome, thank you!! LOL!!
      Thank you too again
      Hugs

      Elimina
  8. Hello from Spain: I enjoyed reading your answers. Your first Barbie Holidays isbeautiful. Your Alan, 1969, is a very original doll. Like you I also really like LIVespecially clothes and accessories. I also like my outfits with new Barbies.Tu Pop Life Barbie Christie is wonderful. In my country do not reach all Mattel products. I really like to know more your collection. Keep in touch.
    (Ciao dalla Spagna: mi sono divertito a leggere le vostre risposte. Le tue vacanzeprima Barbie è bella. Il tuo Alan, 1969, è una bambola molto originale. Come te mi piace molto anche LIV soprattutto vestiti e accessori. Mi piace anche il mio outfit con nuova vita Barbies.Tu Pop Barbie Christie è meraviglioso. Nel mio paese non raggiungono tutti i prodotti Mattel. Mi piace sapere di più la vostra collezione.Teniamoci in contatto.)

    RispondiElimina
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    1. Thank you Marta! Now I'm waiting for your responses!!!

      Elimina
  9. You know, I keep all the brushes that come with the dolls too. It never would occur to me to throw them away. The wide SIS brush is my favorite and I keep it right next to me in my desk drawer. I use it on all my dolls, but it's especially great for "natural" hair dollies.

    When you talked about the Disney and Winx dolls I laughed so hard. LOL, you really don't like them. Thanks for an awesome read.

    RispondiElimina
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    1. Doll's brushes are the best!! I keep mine in a canister that has a place among my books in a shelf. Now that I own a Liv, I'll experiment with that :)
      Disney and Winx dolls are the worst the market has to offer! I don't understand how parents are persuaded to buy them to their little girls! I hired some real struggles in front of the shelves of toy stores to persuade mothers to NOT to buy them to theirs daughters in favor of a barbie or something else less obscene
      I'm glad that I entertain you, thank you!!

      Elimina
  10. I love Tanya dolls! I hope I'll be able to buy some when I come to Milano. Don't you have Liv dolls in Italy? Would you like me to bring you one? They are available in Romania.

    RispondiElimina
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    1. Tanya dolls have improving in a better way, they are more cute than the first dolls. Liv dolls aren't avalaible in Italy :( SpinMaster deals only Bakugan stuffs here. Thank you, I'll let you know

      Elimina
    2. I'm leaving for Milano in a week. Here's a link to Liv dolls available here: http://noriel.ro/Papusile_Liv/::::100663490::/ You can calculate the price in eros using http://convertor.money.ro/. Let me know if you want anything! :*

      Elimina
    3. Plus this one: http://www.shopmania.ro/q-papusi-liv

      Elimina
    4. :) Thank you very much Ada!!!

      Elimina
  11. Hi Sergio, Nice post.
    I'm glad that you visited my blog. :)
    I have two blogs - this is the second one - http://marsbarbie.blogspot.com/

    RispondiElimina
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    1. Thank you Mark :)) I've visited your second blog and I left a comment
      Go back and see me whenever you want

      Elimina
  12. Hi Sergio,
    I just found your blog and i love it. Nice interview...to bad your mother and sisters don't understand your hobby.
    I have the same Alan, but i think mine has a wrong body.Please tell me how tall he is(in cm)if you want. So i can see if my Alan has the right body.
    Hugs
    Maria

    RispondiElimina
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    1. Hi Maya, thank you for the compliments and for following us :) My Alan is tall 27 cm

      Elimina
  13. I really enjoyed reading your answers and viewing your photos. It's nice to get to know you a little better.

    RispondiElimina
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    1. Thank you Roxanne, nice to meet you too!!

      Elimina
  14. Complimenti Sergio per la tua intervista!

    RispondiElimina