I read the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan with my gifted third graders. If you are unfamiliar with this series (there has been a rather bad movie made from the first book), it is about Greek mythology in modern times.
But how does this relate to a doll blog? Well, the author knew that he was writing for students of the technology age, children who are not easily fooled. How can you explain weird mythological occurences happening in a world where everything must have a reasonable explanation? He came up with "mist". As it turns out, "mist" surrounds regular humans and blinds us to things extraordinary. It helps our minds make sense of things that are not rational.
It is my personal belief that "mist" surrounds the collecting community - no more so than at conventions. Collectors become dewey eyed and giddy with excitement. They are so overwhelmed and caught up in the moment, the surrounding mist keeps them from readily seeing problems or mistakes.
The mist wasn't strong enough on Saturday night in my hotel room. As soon as I got back, I checked my dolls from the banquet. Both my Imogen dolls had one eye bigger than the other. I wanted to go down to the sales room and try to trade them out but the crowd was incredible, I was tired, and I needed rest.
The first one was more obvious than the second. (The glare from the light didn't help matters any!) A new owner is enjoying this doll now. Most of the photographs I have seen of Imogen show similar issues. I am very surprised more hasn't been said about that. Maybe the mist is working.
I guess the "mist" has lifted.