crafting with and around LEGO minidolls


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 ;)

Nightmare Night

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What a fright!

I had something sweet to bite after I published the video :D

I love designing new outfits for minidolls. I just do. I like making videos, but what gets me excited the most is figuring out how to pull something off. And this video was full of such challenges.

I originally wanted to do a Disney Princess Halloween video, but then lightning stroke me: it should be a My Little Pony Nightmare Night video. And that was it - I had to make it. And to make it, the My Little Pony Equestria Girls video had to be done too. So I got to work and the last two videos are the result (I'm not counting Sunset Shimmers video 'cause it's still not done).

I'm pleased with what I've done and it really gave the channel a big boost. Like an all-time-high-and-then-some boost. If it weren't for the head lice I would be extremely happy right now. 

I already know what the next video is going to be - Minidolls vs. Minifigures: Head On. I just need to plan it and do it. Easy peasy. I know it won't be a big hit, but it needs to be done and who better to make it than me?

CMF Series 17

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My kids managed to watch this whole video from start to finish. Didn't yell it was boring, didn't want me to turn it off. High praise.

It took me a while to get this video done. Mostly 'cause I was working on another two simultaneously. Does that mean a wave of videos is coming out? No. I need to prepare for my upcoming move. We still don't know when the move is happening nor how much of a time waste it will be. And I don't wanna be offline for a whole month. Or even two.

So, I prepare.

Doctor Who dollified

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My bottom still hurts from the long painting marathon.

12 hours of painting in just one day. It was not ergonomic and I discovered I could have been sitting on a pillow when it was already too late. I will not be doing such a painting session ever again.

Ok, maybe for Star Wars. And My Little Pony. But nothing else!


At least I think it was worth it. I love how some of the minidolls turned out. And according to the first comments and likes - other people think it was worth it too.

I wanted to do this video since forever and I'm glad I can check it off now.

Micro Helicopters

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Well, that's what I get for forcing a video out while I'm sic - I forget to advertise it.

The Golden Boy, Medic, Firefighter, Pinkie Pie's chopper, Batycopter, Wonder Woman's Invisible Helicopter

This is a video that 10 days ago even I didn't know I was gonna make it. I started experimenting with micro helicopters for another project and I felt I need to share the results with the world. I knew it wouldn't be very popular, but I had to make it. That's basically how I feel about all of my tutorial videos. When I googled it - I wasn't happy with the results I was getting so now there's at least a starting point for someone who needs an army of helicopters.

The video did pretty decent in the first 48h - it got over 2 500 views. I'm happy. It was just funny to see the views disappear after that period. Did the Algorithm figure out this isn't a viral video?

In other channel related news: things are lookin better than ever! Scooby is going really strong and the other videos are following it's great example. This weekend the realtime view counter got as far as 99 000! I'm very happy about that.

Ragana's minified castle

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From the moment I saw a picture of this set, I needed to have it. It contained the first minidoll to have a not-so-friendly face and a black dress. I was so happy when I got it!

I also wanted to make a video about it.. so what should it be? I don't do reviews, the playability/story telling videos I did were merely okish and I generally dislike making a video without it having something I built. And so the revelation came to me - I'll do a micro version of the castle. BAM! I used the (expensive) set in a video and got to make another mini castle.

Ragana's micro castle

Ragana's micro castle

I really hope this video does well, because then I have another excuse to buy new big sets - so go watch the video!