I was continuing my struggle with Out Sass Vanessa and beginning to feel the pressure of deboxing one. I showed the two to my dear husband who responded, "They are EXACTLY the same doll." I had to point out the subtle differences. He rolled his eyes and told me I was obsessing over nothing. Then he said, "Just put them away and look at them again when you've got nothing else to do."
I reminded him that the Classic line was due out in a few weeks and I wanted to get this matter over before they arrived. "But isn't collecting about the enjoyment of each doll?"
That question made me pause. Which, as doll collectors, I don't think we do enough. With the sheer numbers of dolls released from the different variety of production companies, do we ever really get to pause and spend some quality time with our dolls?
Last year, Integrity Toys released 108 dolls. Guess how many moved into my house - I am ashamed to admit that 56 came to live with me - 29 just from the Convention. And even though I have sold six of them, 29 of them are still in their boxes.
I cannot even imagine how many Mattel released. They did seduce me back to Silkstone with 9 offerings.
This doesn't even take into consideration the past editions that are purchased on secondary market. It's very easy to add one doll per week to your collection! How much play time do you get with each individual doll at that rate?
I admire collectors who can truly limit themselves to a few dolls they consider perfect. The redress opportunities they have - the characters they create - the more intimate collecting relationship with the product.
I go from one to the next at a feverish pace! The ones I truly appreciate often set in the curio for months wearing the same outfits. I continue to sell off dolls throughout the year which helps pay for the new dolls, but I still don't get the opportunity to relish a new acquisition and thoroughly enjoy the experience.
It's time to make some changes.
P.S. I apologize there are no new photos this week.