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Friday, June 27, 2014

New doll!

I bought a new doll! She is #61, AmericanGirl's newest release.

A lot of you are probably wondering why I got her. She entered the basilmentos crew completely out of the blue, and she looks an awful lot like Felicity....
Well, there is a reason I bought her. And I am here to explain.
Let's start from the beginning.
My Felicity doll is nearly 13 years old. She has been through it all, from floating down streams to falling out of trees. Her hair is staticy, her left eye no longer functions, she can barely stand, and sometimes, her head falls off. She is a beautiful doll, and she holds a lot of sentimental value for me, but with her wobbly body and wonky eye, she is no longer useful in stopmotions. In fact, she is frustrating at best-- when I try to film with her I usually end up in tears.
For the past couple years, I have considered sending her in to the doll hospital. However, since her condition is so poor, the doll hospital's remedy would be a head replacement. The scars and scrubs on her face are what make felicity unique, and I would hate to lose them if she got her head replaced. So, instead of looking to fix her ailments, I decided to appreciate her flaws, and I kept her around for sentimental purposes.
I am particularly fond of felicity's coloring: her striking green eyes and her auburn hair. Since she was out of commission for video-making, I began to miss it. So, I decided to buy a new doll who looks like her. The dolls are different-- Felicity is a retired historical, and the new one is MAG #61-- but they look quite similar. Hopefully, my new doll will bring that spark of red hair back to basilmentos stopmotions.
As for Felicity, she will live the easy life. She gets to stay in the basilmentos household, lounge around, and occasionally, play a minor role in one of my movies. The new doll will join the basilmentos family and develop her own new personality and identity.
I am thrilled by my purchase: I think the new doll will bring diversity to the basilmentos filming cast. Not to mention, she is absolutely stunning, and photographs beautifully! I have yet to decide on a name, but I will be sure to let you guys know when I come up with one.

The story behind it all....

In September of 2009, a pre-teen girl named Anna was searching youtube. She no longer used her american girl dolls. they were behind the closet doors, gathering dust. She reluctantly glanced over, then began to type in the search bar: American Girl Dolls. A video came up. She clicked on it. 14 coustumed dolls slid onto the screen and began to dance together, waving their arms and doing cartwheels. Anna was shocked. How could this be possible? This was.... Amazing. She quickly searched a few more. There were hudreds of videos, by usernames like stephenswodadancer, AGlovejess and girloftheyearstudios. Anna couldn't believe it. This new discovery was incredible! She ran to her room and pulled out her two dolls, felicity and samantha. She grabbed her camera. And, she began to film.

It is now four years later. I work on videos almost everyday, usually stopmotions. I have gathered quite a few veiws and subscribers on youtube, and I really appriciate when people comment on my videos. I have come unbelievibly far, but I still leave up those first videos from two years ago, because for me, those are the memories that I will always treasure. I am so happy that I can share them with you.