Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Doll Master

I was watching a South Korean horror movie called [The Doll Master] on YouTube.  It's filled with beautiful dolls but gory and scary so don't click if that stuff bothers you.  In it there is this gorgeous built-in display for ball jointed dolls:


It's magnificent. Can you imagine being able to display your dolls like this? It makes me feel all tingly inside.  If you want to see it in the video it's from 10:00 - 11:30 and 16:18 - 17:02.  Don't worry, nothing nasty happens in between those time frames. *looks away shiftily*


To me this custom piece is perfection personified. I would love to view my boxed dolls like this.  To be able to see them proudly displayed in all their packaged glory.  Instead they look like this:


Sigh. Don't get me wrong.  I think they are fine like this.  It's orderly.  I can see what's what.  Easy peasy.  Although, there have been times I couldn't remember if I purchased a particular doll version while I'm in the store.  I inspect so many dolls over and over it gets hard to remember if I bought one, you know?  I have since solved that dilemma by keeping a photo on my phone of every boxed doll. ^_^

Anywho, this is cool, but it's no awesome custom display. So I started thinking. "Hmm. How can I build something like that?" *strokes chin thoughtfully*  Then I realized I couldn't because I'm out of wall space. Double sigh.  HOWEVER! I do have some tall bookcases so I can at least see, if only for a moment, what such a thing might look like!


This is the wall of tall bookcases in my home office. The shelves are pretty deep and because no way am I moving all these items, I'm just going to push it all backwards and stuff the boxed dolls in the space available.  So, 1, 2, 3, tada!:


OMG, I kinda hate it. It's too much and it's not cute at all.  I think the problem is the lack of space between the dolls.  When I tried to space them out you could see all the junk behind them and it got messy looking. I mean, it was nice to see all my boxies out if even for a minute, but meh.  Oh, well, now I can have one photo record on my phone instead of dozens. 


Regardless of this failure, thanks to The Doll Master I'll always have a wonderful memory of what could be possible with enough space.  One day, people.  One day.

25 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing the still shots of the beautiful and orderly doll display from the Doll Master. I would love to have enough space to create a similar display.

    I enjoyed seeing your short-lived display idea, which works for me, but I understand how it might not be appealing to some.

    Both should give others display ideas.

    dbg

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    1. DBG, if I had taken everything off the shelves first it might have been better and I could have angled boxes and been more creative with my spacing. For a test run though, it still gave me quests for the future.

      I watch a lot of home and garden shows and every once in a while they'll show someone with a craft room. I would love something like. I would make mine half display, half work room. That would be major!

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  2. I love the look of the DM's display. I would need to get rid of a lot of stuff for that to work. I have a master display plan in mind. I have some boxed dolls on shelves like you did. There was nothing behind them so I am able to stack the dolls like a toy store would.

    I am a HGTV nut and have to get one plan together for everything. I need a storage plan too :O)

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    1. Dollz4Moi, I keep on waiting to win the lottery to get that extra space I need for my dolls. That lottery sure is taking its sweet time! Nertz!

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  3. I love seeing the different way dolls are displayed and stored. Thanks for both views.

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    1. Hiya, Roville and you're welcome! ^_^

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  4. Great post! I think it looks fun, like a little doll shop. But I could imagine that all those dolls and colors make you dizzy xD
    At least that one picture comes in handy when searching for dolls in stores :)

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    1. Hi, Tali! Yeah the different colors in the package backgrounds are super busy when there is no space between them.

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  5. OMG THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL. Like you I dont have the space I had to steal the space I have now, if you recall I work, play and display my dolls in my utility room. Thanks for sharing. And as you said one day one day.

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    1. Mustiwait, my utility room is outside and goodness forbid I go outside and do something. There's no space in there either though, lol.

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  6. For a few secods i thought you opened a mini TRU. I really would like to see what you are going to do some of these guys and gals!

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    1. Jay, I think I'm in collector mode with some of these dolls because I feel quite content to just leave them in their boxes. I'm even doing the same with some of the accessories as they are still in their packages too. 0_o

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  7. Nice displays Muff! I see nothing wrong with your display. It is very orderly. I am still in the process of getting mine organized. It is hard to get organized with having so many dolls. Please share with what you ome up with as final result.

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    1. Thanks, Georgia Girl! I'm all about the order. I get itchy if things are just so. I'll be sure to post any solutions I come up with.

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  8. Thanks for sharing all the display photos. I LOVE seeing dolls photographed; always fun to see what other collector-enthusiasts have. The Doll Master photos are cool, but seeing which dolls you have where, that's fun too.

    Funny thing ... I was thinking about displays, too. Mine looks as if a doll mine blew up, lol. Your photos will inspire me to bring more order to my lot.

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    1. "Mine looks as if a doll mine blew up." Hahaha! Dana, I can just imagine this. Bits and pieces every where.

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  9. Hello from Spain: I love watching your dolls. You have many dolls in the box. I sack always the box. Also I have shelves like you. I think DM screen would be a dream ... Happy Christmas. Keep in touch

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    1. Hello Spain, Merry Christmas from Florida! Marta, when I first started collecting I always took the doll out the box and quite enjoyed the whole removal process. As the dolls took up more space I just left them in the box.

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  10. I love horror movies, so thanks for the recommendation!! I'm a deboxer, so I have only a few boxes on my doll shelves, I usually prefer getting them out and watching them in detail. However, my shelves are quite crowded, I'd love to have something like in the film.
    I also take the chance here to wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2013!

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    1. Rossetti, it's nice to come across another lady that enjoys horror movies! I get such weird looks when I mention I like horror. Happy Holidays and see you in the new year!

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  11. DM was nice, but too spaced out for me. I liked yours, too. I did feel like I was looking at a toy store shelf, though. LOL. I saw my inspirational doll room yesterday. It belongs to Rebecca. You may have seen it, but if not, here is a link. http://insidethefashiondollstudio.com/2012/12/23/seasons-greetings-from-itfds/

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    1. Vanessa, I love space! I like clean surfaces and symmetry so that DM display makes my heart pitty pat. Thanks for that link. It's like a beautiful museum.

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  12. It would be a dream have a displayer like that in DM, but I'd like to have a display space like yours, my dolls, boxed and deboxed, are all locked in my closet and hidden in a secret place far from my home.
    Yes, one day.
    Merry Christmas Muff :)

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    1. Hi, Sergio and Merry Christmas! One day we'll have the displays and freedom we want. Fighting!

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