I just want to take a moment to appreciate that three dolls (actually technically four!), all ordered months apart from each other... all managed to arrive within about a fortnight of each other.
I ordered Ringdoll Messenger on the 26th November 2018, Doll Leaves Berg on the 20th February 2019 and Little Monica Little Enrill on the 8th May 2019. And on top of that, I ordered a little Loong Soul Moon Rabbit with Subject's body on the 6th December 2018, but that was holding up the order so Alice's Collections kindly moved him to the Berg order.
With all those dates, is it any wonder I'm still in a state of confusion?? (Particularly that Little Monica move fast.) Not only that, but certain customs shenanigans left me with whiplash. Berg spent a week there, waiting to be assessed, then revised, and finally collected and dispatched.
Not so much.
After an extended stay in customs, my Little Monica Little Enrill has arrived, and there are no words to express how beautiful he is -- and how sad too. I don't know if it just wasn't noticeable on the promo faceups or if it's just mine, but he looks on the verge of tears. I think it just made me fall in love with him more.
I was absolutely paranoid that the extended stay meant he'd arrive damaged (or not at all, given how much of my post has vanished into the 'ether' -- i.e. someone's pockets) and as the box he arrived in was so light, I was almost worried someone had had the bottom of the box open and spirited him away, but he is actually just that light.
His packing was quite odd -- he feels like he was held in place by the other things I ordered him with, but he was wrapped so securely in bubble-wrap that I don't think he was in any danger.
He also came with pretty promo pictures of other Little Monica dolls, little leaflets about where to find them on the internet and their photo competitions, his CoA, a set of eyes and some nicely pink eye putty, and, very sweetly, two Korean candies (plum and orange flavour).
I ordered him with two wigs, one long blond (since his promo images had a short blond wig I knew the colour suited him) and one short bright red one. He's pretty much claimed the blond one for himself -- although he does also look good in a mid-length brown wig I bought for someone else and it didn't suit, so I think he might just enjoy changing his hair a lot.
The eyes were a surprise. I was expecting the usual generic hazel-ish kind (I have about three pairs of those) but instead they're a very pretty shade of purple and suit him immensely. I'd anticipated putting the eyes into the spares drawer and ordering a set from Candy Kittens Emporium, but now I'm in two minds. Still, there's another one still to come, so I'll still probably need to pay her a visit for pretty eyes...!
As far as his structure goes, he's nicely made. His arms and legs are quite thick, and some seams have been sanded, while others haven't. I suspect it's the seams most likely to see the light of day that've been removed entirely: on his arms, for example, and the outside of his lower legs. Ones that get covered by his clothes have been sanded so they're not sharp, but not eradicated. His white resin (I'm so glad I asked them to change it, and that they were kind enough to agree!) is slightly pinkish, as opposed to the slight yellowish of Subject's Dollzone body. He poses quite nicely too: his elbows are double-jointed, though superficially they don't look it. His knees are single-jointed, but he does have a thigh joint that lets him pull his thighs up fairly high and has a two-part torso that bends quite naturally forwards.
I did, however, suddenly realise a couple of awkward things: one, I still have no idea who he is, and two, that... I don't actually have that many MSD-sized clothes, and I couldn't find any to hand. I scrabbled around a bit and managed to find a cream shirt with an oversized collar I don't tend to use (the collar is very disproportionate, it really gives away a doll's scale) and a pair of pleather pants I bought for Maxim and Milos only Milos is in an undecorated pair and Maxim has in his galaxy jeans so neither have used them.
We've made inroads on both points though. Point two has been partially rectified by a visit to Alice's Collections for some more clothes and boots (and there are some coming with Doll Leaves Berg) so hopefully the shorter kiddos won't be left out of the excessive amounts of clothing loop the bigger boys are in for long.
Point one... well. When he shipped (before I realised he'd shipped) I suddenly had a little voice in my head announcing that he was a prince, thank you very much. Which was a bit weird, but given the whole writing thing I'm fairly used to it. Beyond that, though, I was at a loss. When he arrived, I was still at a loss.
And then, when playing with his joints (which sounds so wrong) I sat him with his knees up and his arms around them, and with how sad he looked in just his shirt and nothing else, I suddenly started to understand him a little. Because for all the world he looked like he'd just been chucked out of someone's house half-dressed, and was sitting outside the front door, pants in a heap beside him, going "that could have gone better..."
So it seems he's the youngest prince of several in a faintly steampunk-fantasy world, who likes to wander around the city pretending not to be a prince and picking up guys for no-strings casual sex. Except it seems they usually find out (I wonder why?) and either try to extort money from him (so he leaves, probably laughing because I suspect he's broke) or they kick him out rather than run into trouble.
Hence the sitting there, naked but for an open shirt and a faintly depressed expression. And as he's sitting there, looking for all the world like he's fighting back tears, a hand reaches down and he follows its arm up to a smiling face and the question, "are you alright?"
And as an aside... Doll Leaves Berg shipped today! So hopefully this little princeling won't be alone for too long.
Because there are no words to express the noise I just made on discovering that my Little Monica Little Enrill, that I ordered early May, shipped on the 26th June. He hit customs on the 28th and has been there ever since (boo), but I'm blown away by the speed with which they've worked.
(Now I'm feeling slightly paranoid about it all...!)
I'm still waiting for his boyfriend though, a Doll Leaves Berg I ordered in February. I was fully expecting to receive him first and then have to wait months and months for his boyfriend to come home (yes, I did specifically order LE as a boyfriend for him) but it seems to have all been flipped.
I don't normally order dolls without knowing their characters, so this is strange and new to me. Even when I ordered Caeso, I'd got his personality figured out before he came home. This time I'm waiting to meet them before I get it figured out. (Although LE does seem to have informed me that he'd like to be a prince of some sort, thank you very much. I'm not sure how he's done that, but there we go.)
I'm just... wow.
Now to wait for the customs demand...
A noodler with a doll obsession.