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Series 18, the first part

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And it's a birthday party!

I'll save the "how well this video performed" speech for after I publish the whole trilogy.

So, in other news, the Unikitty! and the Little Mermaid videos are doing great. So well that they brought the channel back up from a rut. I'm extremely happy.

The first of 3 important & huge parts orders has arrived! Parts for what? A super-secret building project that I've already told everyone about. In a few days my husband is taking our children to Croatia for 2 weeks. And I'm going to be home alone. HOME ALONE!

I have so much planned for that time period. So so much. Mostly building projects, but also some painting and video editing. And I can sleep and eat when I want. And work all day or all night. I might even to a vlog like thing on my progress every day. I certainly won't publish every day, but maybe a compilation video at the end? We'll see. Hopefully I won't just sleep.

Speaking of.. I need to get some z's if I want to be able to film the second and the third Series 18 parts.



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For some time now, I wanted to do a "weird dollify" video series where I would turn non-human characters into LEGO minidolls. I finally decided to try it with the Unikitty! blind bags series 1.

The video was fun to make and people seem to like it, so I think this is only the beginning.

As an extra challenge, I didn't allow myself to paint anything new for this dollify. And I followed that rule until it was pointed out to me that sleepy Unikitty really needed to have her eyes closed.

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I had already planned for the painting to take me an hour or so to get the eyelashes just right, but in the end, it turned out to be a 15 min project. You will not hear me complaining about that.

In other news, the series 18 minidolls are finally ready to be filmed! All of the actors' wishes were met, so there should be no more big bumps on the road. I hope.

Friendship Rings Review

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My Daughter saw them and had to have them.

And if she liked them so much, maybe my audience will as well. At least that was the thought process behind making this review.

I talked while filming this to save some time. It kinda worked. I'll have to practice doing that a lot more to get to a place I aim to be. Also, the filming was not the most comfortable experience because I had to do it with a blanket over my head. It was the only way I could think of to improve the sound quality. I definitely get points for ingenuity there.

I'm also working on quite a few projects at the same time. But the organizing, planning, and sorting are taking up so much of my time, that nothing is progressing at a pace I want it to. So I'll need to reschedule the Series 18 dollify videos again. Bummer.

Also, the greatest thing happened today! YouTube Premium came to Germany! We got the family pack just a few hours after it was available and we already LOVE it.

A Royal Wedding, Drilling and Everything in Between

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We have moved again! And in the process I apparently forgot that I also have a business to run.

I did manage to make a Royal Wedding video before I started packing. I was so proud of myself. As I should be, for that was an excellent dollify.

After the move,so many things still needed to be done. Many still do. So I needed a "quick" video to satisfy the Algorithm. Luckily, I already had the drill video half done.

Again, so proud of myself for putting it together on such short notice. And what comes after any high? A fall. I realized I concentrated so much on the move, I forgot I'll have to work after the move as well. Silly, but true.

I sat down and started actually planning my future videos. Like, putting them on a schedule. I was so disappointed with the reality - there just wasn't enough time to do half the projects I wanted to do. And at the same time, I felt overwhelmed by everything I still needed to make to even start filming videos.

Add to that a few private things and I'm surprised I didn't have a full on breakdown.

But I think I'm pulling myself together. Slowly, but I'm doing it.

The Batman Series 2 Dollify saga is DONE

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I ate some cake and have to move on to making my Newsletter GDPR compliant.

I'm so excited to do that. You wouldn't believe. (I'm really missing a sarcasm mark right here)

I hate legalese and that's what I'll have to tackle now. And then a couple of hundred of small changes to everything from my own website to the newsletter service provider.. Urgh. And I just wanna make videos. And move.

In case you can't tell - I'm a bit cranky. I almost have no desire to white how happy I am with the last 2 videos, both in regards of how they turned out and how well they are received.

I'm gonna go tear my hair out now. Fun!

LEGO Batman Series 2 Dollify

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It's a three part series. The first one is themed around the "Friends are Family" party,

and in the second one I explore who some of the characters are.

There was a fair amount of googling involved and some painting. I even added background noises! I'm almost like a pro now.

Anyhow, the trilogy is not done and I still have many personal things to take care of this week, so I'm gonna go and work on the video instead of writing about the done ones.


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The Pop Stars are coming.

Just very slowly. Like zombies.

This is another one of those videos I've been working on since forever. If forever means somewhere around 7 months. What took me so long? I have no idea. Or, maybe I do, it just doesn't make any sense in retrospect.

I originally wanted to publish the first Batman video this week. But guess what happened? There were more things to do than I anticipated. So there was no way to get the video done until Saturday. And then I remembered this gem and figured I could revisit if it's doable. And it was! I was so happy and relieved that even all of the other life stuff didn't stop me from completing it.

When will I dollify another Pop Star? I have no idea. But at some point, I will.

Video firsts:

  • prepared for it 7 months and got it done in 3 days
  • included the work of another adult in my video (the wig my Little Brother made)
  • used a drill to drill a minipin hole into the hairpieces
  • for the first ~10 h of the videos published life, it didn't have cards or an ending screen, 'cause I forgot to set them up

I did a review!

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And not just any review - I decided to start with my favourite LEGO Elves set from the first wave of 2018.

The set is called "Aira & the Song of the Wind Dragon". It's a mouthful. But it contains a purple dragon and Lumia. Lumia! There's no need to say more. Also, pictures speak more than words.

Lumia and Aira get to fly on the wind dragon

Lumia and Aira get to fly on the wind dragon

This is my first try at a review. I have avoided them on purpose because I felt there were enough on YouTube. So, what happened? Jang kinda-sorta stopped reviewing minidoll sets :'( And now I feel that if you want a quality review, you are going to have to search long and hard.

Therefore I made a review that I would like to watch myself. I'll probably do the rest of this year's (2018) Elves line as well and then I'll see if its worth the effort.

This time I also tried to talk while I'm filming, but it didn't go well. Apparently, doing 2 things at once is an absolute NO-NO for my brain. Maybe in a few years.


Fun at the Beach

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I set out to do a quick dollify video. Today, I published my longest video ever.

That just proves I'm still very bad at estimating how long something is going to take me to do. It's mostly because I start with a simple project in mind and then expand it far beyond what is manageable in a week.

I have a love-hate relationship with that part of myself. I hate that it doesn't let me make a quick video and I love that it forces me to make better videos.

I'm quite proud of this video (despite its many flaws) and now I'm thinking about should I make a similar thing with the Batman Series 2 figures? And should I make 2 shorter or one super-long video? So many things to decide..

Firsts I did to have fun on the beach:

  • I let my daughter choose what to put in the thumbnail (I did give her some limitations and have guided her in the way I wanted it to go)
  • I tried to incorporate a story into the dollify video to give a reason as to why I dollify stuff in the first place

MDs vs MFs: Head On

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The head is important. We need to know how to use it.

And the neck. Everything related to the head is extremely important. I should know - I have one.

Although it doesn't seem to work as well for the past month. That's also why I'm 98% sure there will be no new video published next week. I need to sleep.

I'm working on so many things ATM that I get lost. I'm also rethinking everything including what I want this blog to be moving forward. I've already redesigned the site and added the "Newsletter Sign Up" box. Other changes to the BrickoMotion "brand" are to come.