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2012 LEGO Friends Minidolls

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I got my hands on all of the 2012 LEGO Friends minidolls basically just so I could analyze them. And try to mix & match their outfits.

All of the 2012 LEGO Friends minidolls

All of the 2012 LEGO Friends minidolls

To my actual surprise, I learned a few things about the dolls while examining them. Most of the insights are fairly minor thus I did not put them into the video. But I can mention them here.

Olivia's pink torso in 2012 looks very similar to the torso she wears in later years. Upon a closer inspection of my minidoll parts it turned out I had only 1 of the old prints and I needed 2. The same thing happened with Stephanie and Emma. That’s how the Bricklinking began.

The most common Emma, Stephanie, Olivia, Andrea, and Mia minidolls in 2012

The most common Emma, Stephanie, Olivia, Andrea, and Mia minidolls in 2012

Let me tell you, getting parts form 2012 in “new” condition is not easy. Especially if you want to order several of them from the same store to save on shipping.

Eventually, they arrived. And with them came some other parts, because if you think I’m not going to empty that store of cheap minidolls you are mistaken. So I’m sorting them and I have a “What is this?” moment. A quick Brickset check reveals that Mia had a different colored shirt printing as well.. Luckily, at that point I had 2 of these torsos in my hands, and 2 of them was all I needed. Yes.

A problem that was more of a frustration than a problem was Andrea’s hair. In 2012 she had a hairstyle that slightly changed in 2015. My frustration with that is that Bricklink counts both of them as the same hair piece. I had to look closely at all of the photos to make sure I used the right one. Fortunately, I had already spent a fortune on Andrea minidolls so I had more of them.

Most of the legs pieces needed for the assembly of these dolls I have at home in 2 variants. One molded in one color with the skin and the shoes printed on and the other dual molded with only the shoes (and decorations) printed. My guess is that LEGO started with the single molded legs and then at some point switched to the dual molded ones. But again, Bricklink doesn’t make the distinction, leaving me with no way to track when the change occurred.

I tried to use only the single molded legs, but I decided I will not let that torment me in this nor the future videos, so don’t be too surprised if I at some point I’m not too consistent with that ;)

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

Top 10 LEGO Hairstyles

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All hail The LEGO Movies!

For, were it not for The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie, and The LEGO Ninjago Movie, this list wouldn't be half as good.

Other great sources for the best hair pieces include LEGO Elves, Disney Princess, and CMFs.

I'm really happy with this video. Yet again, I had to work for 14h on a Saturday to complete it, but it was worth it. Even as I was editing, I thought to myself: "this is coming together quite nicely" which is a thing I never think while editing. I mostly just hate everything until it's done.

This video is an experiment. Can I produce a quality Top 10 list? I think I have. Will it be popular? We will see.

The only first for this video is that it's a Top 10 list. But that doesn't mean everything was same old, same old - I have improved my speaking and video editing significantly.

I have also made myself a Trello list to keep track of what I still need to do regarding a video. It's baffling to me how I managed to do anything without this list before. I mean, I know how. I didn't do half the things I was supposed to.

Oh! And I made an Instagram account several weeks ago. My name was free so I took it and now you can find brickomotion on Instagram as well. I hope to post "spoilers" of upcoming videos on there, or at least something I find clever or funny :)

I'll try to publish a video (almost) every weekend for the next 2-3 months, but I'm not very hopeful. I enrolled in an online business school and we might be moving soon again. And then there are the doctor's appointments.. so many doctors.. It's nothing serious, but it sucks the life energy right out of me just thinking about it.

Nevertheless, the video is out. In the 2h it's out, it got over 5000 views and many many positive comments. I love my viewers. Off to happy sleep I go.

https://youtu.be/mTfSONKhJYM

My Little Pony - Mane 6

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How in Equestria...

... are Pinkie Pie's feet not touching the ground? 

The process of painting these started many months ago. Since then I changed both the way I paint and my character design multiple times. None of that helped me with making these sooner.

Why does Twilight Sparkle have a darker skin tone? Why do the others have a lighter one? The decision for that can be traced back to the planning of this video. I wanted to minimize the painting involved, AND I thought it would be silly to translate all of the girl's skin colors into only one. That is how I decided that Twilight and Sunset Shimmer will have a darker skin tone.

I have ambitious plans for the rest of the year and I really really want to make them happen. So I should better get to it! After I prepare today's lunch, that is.

https://youtu.be/zAastgFTYcc